If most women knew the advantages of Omega 3 during pregnancy, the supplements would be in short supply!
Babies born of mothers who consumed these gave birth to babies who were smarter in terms of early development. These babies had greater attention spans, were able to focus, and during the first couple of years advanced beyond those of babies whose mothers did not eat foods high in omega 3 fatty acids (or take supplements.) Development of babies whose mothers had plenty of omega 3 were at least 2 months ahead in development over the ones who did not have it, according to research as listed on Webmd.com.
So many children today have issues with their attention and are diagnosed with conditions such as "ADD or ADHD" (attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is possible these children did not receive enough DHA (a part of omega 3 fatty acids) during development. DHA helps the brain to focus as well as aids mental development.
The facts are clear, mothers who either consumed fish or took omega 3 supplements gave birth to babies who had better attention spans and developed ahead of those who did not get any omega 3. This alone should encourage mothers to try to either eat more fish or take omega 3 fatty acid supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids are found naturally in breast milk as well. Mothers and pregnant women who do not or should not eat fish should take an omega 3 supplement.
Omega 3 also aids a fetus to develop healthy eyes. It works on the "head" helping both brain and eye development. The results are seen after the child is born. They excel in comparison to the babies whose mothers did not take omega 3 supplements or eat fish.
Research and testing results prove that mothers who took omega 3 supplements (and or ate oily fish) during pregnancy had babies with better eyesight and brain development a year and a half after birth. (See the Child Development journal, July / August issue of 2004 for the full study details.)
Since the fish that contains the best levels of omega 3 for humans, salmon and tuna, are "oily fish" they are also at risk for containing mercury. Furthermore it is hard to judge just how much omega 3 a pregnant mom gets if she just eats fish. She is at risk for a slight overdose of the nutrient through consuming fish. The best way to get omega 3 is through supplements, where the amount is controlled. Krill, which is a crustacean that resembles a small shrimp, lives in the Antarctic waters. This little creature has the highest quality of krill oil of any fish and, because it is found in the Antarctic, it is clean and safe from mercury.